Former Australia batsman Greg Ritchie was reportedly unrepentant after claims he used racist and anti-Muslim insults at a luncheon during the Brisbane Test.

The Sydney Morning Herald says Ritchie made a quip about "kaffirs" during an address, while South Africa's Sunday Times said he also made an anti-Islamic joke.

The smh.com said Ritchie was reported as saying on Friday: "I've got nothing against the Muslim people. Just this morning I had to try and stop three little Muslim boys trying to break the lock on my car boot. "I had to say, 'Shut up! You're in there for a reason'."

Today Ritchie told Fairfax: "That's a joke that I use and I'll continue to use it.

"It's just a little humourous joke to indicate that they're not my favourite people of my choice. If they take offence that's their choice."

About using the racist term "kaffir", Ritchie said it was "a joke I've used 500 times".

"It's a reference to us playing against the West Indies (in 1980) and I say to (former team-mate Kepler Wessels) 'You wouldn't use that word against these guys would you?'. I am not saying that Kepler said that word at all.

"It is to emphasise the fear I had playing against the West Indies. It is a shocking term and it relays the great fear that we all had about facing the West Indies bowling."

Wessels, working in Brisbane for South Africa media, told the Sunday Times he may take legal action.

"That's a disgraceful, offensive and libellous comment to make," Wessels said. "It's certainly not what I'm about and everyone who knows me will know that. I have no idea what he might be referring to - I haven't even spoken to him since the early '80s."

The West Australian

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